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Plastics Engineering, Plastics Design Services

Productive Plastics offers plastics engineering and plastic products design services to support customers before moving into plastic thermoforming manufacturing production. Productive Plastics provides services for engineering plastic parts and components, plastic products design, plastic mold design and thermoformed plastics design assistance.

Along with the plastic engineering expertise, Productive Plastics can assist with material selection, coordinate multiple suppliers, and facilitate the production and assembly of all components.

Plastics Engineering and Design Services

Productive Plastics’ plastics engineers provide the following services:

  • Tool design
  • 3D CAD modeling using SolidWorks software
  • CNC programming using MasterCAM software
  • Plastics engineering for thermoforming
  • Plastics design for manufacturability (DFM)

Case Study: Plastics Engineering and Design – American LaFrance / Condor Vehicle Cabs

American LaFrance is a leading emergency and utility vehicle manufacturer. Its Condor line of low cab forward chassis is used for refuse collection, fire / rescue, construction, airport service, and general utility/repair/maintenance vehicles.

Productive Plastics worked closely with the Condor cab engineering team to stage tooling development based upon size and detail requirements, joined them in 3D design effort to ensure the product met process requirements while bringing tool and material suppliers together in concert to deliver the 10 interior cab sets of parts one week ahead of schedule. This effort helped American LaFrance and its new Condor low cab vehicle to be the only manufacturer exhibiting a 2007 emissions-certified vehicle at a refuse industry trade show that year, spurring significant sales of the new vehicles.

Read the entire American LaFrance case study.

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